Just finished listening to a Mars Hill podcast. They’re working through a mini-series on forgiveness, and boy is it powerful and enlightening stuff.
The latest one looks at the parable about the king and the debtor, and how the king is willing to throw away the book that contains just how much the servant owes to let him walk away, but the servant can’t reciprocate that to the guy who owes him.
The kingdom picture seems clear. Grace means forgiveness that we can’t earn and certainly don’t deserve. The way the world works would see us forever trying to salve our conscience to no avail and forever carrying grudges against those we’ve perceived have wronged us, looking for opportunities to get even. We would never be able to be unburdened and eventually we would end up paying for all our mess by being forever separated from God.
God knows we can’t work our way into his good books so he does something about it.
But it doesn’t stop there. How can we then live as the world lives if we’ve experienced this kind of forgiveness? How can I bear a grudge? Who am I to say that God’s way of doing things is just messed up? If I can’t forgive…then that separation from God is going to be a very real thing.
That scares me…but that’s not why I should forgive. It should be because I want to live how God lives.
Making it clear that we have to give up all the crap of the past and take up this new, forgiven and forgiving way of living.
Forgiveness doesn’t mean people don’t ‘pay’ for what they may have done, but instead accepts that God is on top of sorting that out. When we can’t or won’t forgive, we’re kind of saying that we don’t trust Him to do this.
Powerful stuff, eh?
Made me think about a couple of relationships that I need to work on…